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Would you like to be make films or take photos for a living? Maybe you would prefer to be a graphic designer? If you are passionate about art, design or media then we can offer you a study programme that will give you all the training and real-life work experience you need to turn your passion into a brilliant career. Creative study programmes at our Waterloo and Lewisham Lewisham Southwark College Campuses encourage you to improve your enterprise skills by working freelance in your field or setting up a small creative business with other students from your course. Advice on raising your profile through social media is covered as part of this process.

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Creative study programmes at Lewisham Southwark College encourages you to improve your enterprise skills by working freelance in your field or setting up a small creative business with other students from your course. Advice on raising your profile through social media is covered as part of this process.

The facilities available varies depending on the study programme in which you are interested. All programmes offer you the chance to work with modern software and equipment which you will use every day when you enter employment in your chosen field. We even offer you the chance to work with our own commercial florist.

Work experience is an important element of creative industry study programmes at Lewisham Southwark College. Thanks to the network of contacts and expertise of our teaching staff, we can offer you work experience that will really help you break into your chosen field. You will also be helped to prepare for creative competitions like WorldSkillsUK, the Affordable Art Fair and many more.

All of our creative studies staff are highly skilled and experienced, which will help you get the best start in the creative field you want to enter. Examples of some of the companies our teaching staff have worked with in the past include: Channel 4 Sony Topshop New Look Zara ES Magazine V&A Museum

When you complete one of our creative study programmes you will be ideally placed to enter higher education in that field or find freelance or long-term employment with a wide range of companies.

Art and Design - BTEC Level 1 Diploma

Is this programme for me?

This programme is aimed at people who like working with technical art & design software and techniques. If you would like a career in digital media design, digital filmmaking, graphic design or illustration, this programme is a ideal for you

What will I study?

The Digital Arts study programme will cover areas like making art in 2D & 3D, drawing, painting, printmaking, design, photography and contextual studies. Enterprise and work experience activities will equip you with a range of professional skills like working with real clients and displaying in professional exhibitions.

What can I do next?

Digital Arts study programmes usually lead students on to degree level studies but can also lead to employment within a range  of posts in the arts industry.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry criteria for the Digital Arts study programme will vary depending on the level of study most suitable for you. Please contact us to meet with a tutor and discuss your options.

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Art and Design - BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Is this course for me?
This is a dynamic and stimulating course for those who wish to create multimedia interactive products. It is a practical course, using state-of-the-art technology in professionally equipped IT suites. You will be designing and making a range of products with the latest industry-standard software.
What will I study?
This course offers digital production techniques using web design software, 2D & 3D animation software and animation techniques, digital photography, digital editing software and graphic design. Whilst studying on the course students will learn and explore the creative media sector and conduct research for media projects. The course includes regular visits to animation and multimedia studios and you will have the chance to show off your work at the exciting end of year Show. All students are encouraged to develop a strong portfolio to enable them to progress on to higher level course.
Range of Units covered:
2D Visual Communication
Using Ideas to Explore, Develop & Produce Art Design
3D Visual Communication
Contextual Reference in Art & Design
Working with Interactive Media Briefs
Working with Moving Image Briefs
Buidling an Art & design Portfolio
Working with Digital Art and Design Briefs
The course includes compulsory Skills for Life subjects of Mathematics and English, alongside Enterprise and Work Experience skills to give all learners the day-to-day skills to be successful in their chosen specialist area.  Enterprise and Work Experience activities cover a range of professional skills for example live briefs such as working with real clients.
What can I do next?
Learners who achieve a BTEC Level 2 can progress to a BTEC Level 3 in Digital Media and related academic qualifications. Employment within the Creative Digital Media or Art & Design industry, such as junior roles working in moving image production, audio production, publishing, website production or digital games production.
What are the entry requirements?
You will need 4 GCSEs at grades D - G or other equivalent e.g. BTEC Level 1. You will be required to attend an interview and present your portfolio.
How will I be assessed?
You will be internally and externally assessed through assignments set and marked by your lecturers. These assignments may be set assignments, projects or case study work and evidence may be in the form of any of the following:
Written reports
Creative products
Projects & project plans
Performance-observation records
Practical assessments
Audio-visual recordings
Sketchbook, a digital diary etc.
Presentations.
What will it cost?
If you are under 19 and a home student, in most circumstances, you don't pay any fees. However, you will need to find this out when you apply.

Is this course for me?

This is a dynamic and stimulating course for those who wish to create multimedia interactive products. It is a practical course, using state-of-the-art technology in professionally equipped IT suites. You will be designing and making a range of products with the latest industry-standard software.


What will I study?

This course offers digital production techniques using web design software, 2D & 3D animation software and animation techniques, digital photography, digital editing software and graphic design. Whilst studying on the course students will learn and explore the creative media sector and conduct research for media projects. The course includes regular visits to animation and multimedia studios and you will have the chance to show off your work at the exciting end of year Show. All students are encouraged to develop a strong portfolio to enable them to progress on to higher level course.


Range of Units covered:

  • 2D Visual Communication
  • Using Ideas to Explore, Develop & Produce Art Design
  • 3D Visual Communication
  • Contextual Reference in Art & Design
  • Working with Interactive Media Briefs
  • Working with Moving Image Briefs
  • Buidling an Art & design Portfolio
  • Working with Digital Art and Design Briefs


The course includes compulsory Skills for Life subjects of Mathematics and English, alongside Enterprise and Work Experience skills to give all learners the day-to-day skills to be successful in their chosen specialist area.  Enterprise and Work Experience activities cover a range of professional skills for example live briefs such as working with real clients.


What can I do next?

Learners who achieve a BTEC Level 2 can progress to a BTEC Level 3 in Digital Media and related academic qualifications. Employment within the Creative Digital Media or Art & Design industry, such as junior roles working in moving image production, audio production, publishing, website production or digital games production.


What are the entry requirements?

You will need 4 GCSEs at grades D - G or other equivalent e.g. BTEC Level 1. You will be required to attend an interview and present your portfolio.


How will I be assessed?

You will be internally and externally assessed through assignments set and marked by your lecturers. These assignments may be set assignments, projects or case study work and evidence may be in the form of any of the following: 

  • Written reports
  • Creative products
  • Projects & project plans
  • Performance-observation records
  • Practical assessments
  • Audio-visual recordings
  • Sketchbook, a digital diary etc.
  • Presentations.


What will it cost?

If you are under 19 and a home student, in most circumstances, you don't pay any fees. However, you will need to find this out when you apply.


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Art and Design - BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma

Is this programme for me?
This course gives you the opportunity to explore a wide range of ideas, skills and art and design processes. This thorough grounding later leads to areas of specialism. The course is divided into three parts: the exploratory stage is delivered by practical workshops, the pathway stage explores techniques in more depth and the confirmatory stage examines a major project which is delivered at level 4.
The course is designed to enable students to pursue a career in the Digital creative industries by developing the skills needed to succeed in a competitive industry. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of digital based art and design disciplines. The aim of this course is to develop student's skills and knowledge base in the field of Digital media and design. By completing units covering a variety of subject specialisms, students will not only explore their own creative identity but also construct a strong professional portfolio.
What will I study?
The program is divided into three parts. The exploratory stage is delivered by practical workshops and short intense projects. The pathway stage gives room for more personal development within longer projects. The confirmatory stage involves one major project, decided and planned by the student in conjunction with the course tutors.
The course includes compulsory Skills for Life subjects of Mathematics and English, alongside Enterprise and Work Experience skills to give all learners the day-to-day skills to be successful in their chosen specialist area.  Enterprise and Work Experience activities cover a range of professional skills for example live briefs such as working with real clients and being involved in professional exhibitions.
Is this programme for me?

This course gives you the opportunity to explore a wide range of ideas, skills and art and design processes. This thorough grounding later leads to areas of specialism. The course is divided into three parts: the exploratory stage is delivered by practical workshops, the pathway stage explores techniques in more depth and the confirmatory stage examines a major project which is delivered at level 4.

The course is designed to enable students to pursue a career in the Digital creative industries by developing the skills needed to succeed in a competitive industry. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of digital based art and design disciplines. The aim of this course is to develop student's skills and knowledge base in the field of Digital media and design. By completing units covering a variety of subject specialisms, students will not only explore their own creative identity but also construct a strong professional portfolio.

What will I study?

The program is divided into three parts. The exploratory stage is delivered by practical workshops and short intense projects. The pathway stage gives room for more personal development within longer projects. The confirmatory stage involves one major project, decided and planned by the student in conjunction with the course tutors.

The course includes compulsory Skills for Life subjects of Mathematics and English, alongside Enterprise and Work Experience skills to give all learners the day-to-day skills to be successful in their chosen specialist area.  Enterprise and Work Experience activities cover a range of professional skills for example live briefs such as working with real clients and being involved in professional exhibitions.

What can I do next?

Some students may enter the creative industries directly at a junior level though most students will progress to Higher Education to pursue careers as professional practitioners.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have or expect to have a minimum of three AS levels (including a visual arts subject) and/or a BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Art, Design or Fashion at Merit or above. However, entry requirements are flexible if you can demonstrate a high standard of experience and interest in the creative arts.

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Fine Art - BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma

Is this programme for me?

This programme suits those who are considering a career as an artist and/or a general career within the arts.

Examples of arts careers include: artist, art therapist, curator, gallerist, arts consultant, arts journalist, gallery manager, art dealer, technician, teacher, writer, film maker, arts administrator, workshop leader etc.

What will I study?

The programme is divided into three parts. The exploratory stage is delivered by practical workshops and short intense projects. The pathway stage gives room for more personal devlopment within longer projects. The confirmatory stage involves one major project, decided and planned by the student in conjunction with the course tutors.

"Skills for Life" subjects Mathematics and English, are embedded within the course program and are structured so as to assist the student's development and professional arts practice.

What can I do next?

This programme is primarily aimed at progression to degree level studies but can also lead to employment within the arts and commissioned work.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have or expect to have a minimum of three AS levels (including a visual arts subject) and/or a BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Art, Design or Fashion at Merit or above. However, entry requirements are flexible if you can demonstrate a high standard of experience and interest in the creative arts.

You will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work at the interview.

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Floristry - NPTC Level 1 Diploma

Is this programme for me?

This programme is for you if you want to understand more about a future career in floristry and would like to develop the basic skills needed for a floristry career.

What will I study?

This programme includes subjects such as:

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
  • Developing performance in land-based industries
  • Industrial experience
  • Identifying plants and planted designs
  • Identifying flowers, foliages and plants
  • Producing and maintaining shop displays
  • Assemble basic floral designs
What can I do next?

The Floristry Study Programme from Lewisham Southwark College offers you a great foundation to progress into further education or find employment using the skills you have gained on the course.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal qualifications to get onto this programme although you will have an interview and you will need to demonstrate that you are interested in a career in floristry and that you are capable of benefiting from the programme.

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Media - BTEC Level 1 Diploma

This is the course for you if you want to learn film making skills and are you interested in the crossover between media and music production.  This programme is designed for students who want to work with musicians to promote their work, and music producers who want to produce their own video material.You'll study media production, audio production, research and communication techniques for media products, and ways to create music videos. Enterprise is a major factor in the course, offering students the opportunity to form themselves into production companies to promote and stage music and media events as well as pitching for in-house College projects.
You will need to attend an  interview day and complete a short written assessment.
This can lead to progression on to  level 2 study programmes.
Is this course for me?

This is the course for you if you want to learn film making skills and are you interested in the crossover between media and music production.  This programme is designed for students who want to work with musicians to promote their work, and music producers who want to produce their own video material.

What will I study?

You'll study media production, audio production, research and communication techniques for media products, and ways to create music videos. Enterprise is a major factor in the course, offering students the opportunity to form themselves into production companies to promote and stage music and media events as well as pitching for in-house College projects.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to attend an  interview day and complete a short written assessment.

What can I do next?

This can lead to progression on to  level 2 study programmes.

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Media - BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Is this programme for me?
This course is for you if you have a passion for communicating your ideas through the moving image and for telling stories. You will develop technical skills of film and TV programme making - filming, editing, titling, creating Idents - and you'll develop journalistic skills of research, interviewing and script writing. You'll also be able to create media across the curriculum with students from IT, fashion, drama and music, as well as in community activity and professional projects.
You will need 3 Grade D/C GCSEs or the equivalent. e.g. BTEC First Certificate.
This can lead to entry on our level 3 90 Credit Study programme

This course is for you if you have a passion for communicating your ideas through the moving image and for telling stories. You will develop technical skills of film and TV programme making - filming, editing, titling, creating Idents - and you'll develop journalistic skills of research, interviewing and script writing. You'll also be able to create media across the curriculum with students from IT, fashion, drama and music, as well as in community activity and professional projects.


What are the entry requirements?

You will need 3 Grade D/C GCSEs or the equivalent. e.g. BTEC First Certificate.

What can I do next?

This can lead to entry on our level 3 90 Credit Study programme

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Film Making - BTEC 90 Credit Level 3 Diploma

Is this programme for me?

Do you want to learn film making skills? Are you interested in producing, directing and editing videos of all kinds? Do you want to work in the TV and film industries or set up your own production company in this fast growing sector? If so  - then this is the course for you.

What will I study?
On this programme you'll study all aspects of media production; how to operate video, sound and editing equipment and use it creatively, how to research, develop, set up and professionally manage a video production - it could be a music video, a drama, an advert, a documentary. You will learn to improve your presentation and communication skills so you can promote your work as a professional. You will learn about the media industry and the business skills needed to survive and prosper in it.
You'll be encouraged to progress on to higher level study so if you don't have GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths you'll have the opportunity to gain those qualifications.
Enterprise is a major factor in the course, offering students the opportunity to form themselves into production companies to promote their work as well as pitching for work with outside clients.

On this programme you'll study all aspects of media production; how to operate video, sound and editing equipment and use it creatively, how to research, develop, set up and professionally manage a video production - it could be a music video, a drama, an advert, a documentary. You will learn to improve your presentation and communication skills so you can promote your work as a professional. You will learn about the media industry and the business skills needed to survive and prosper in it.

You'll be encouraged to progress on to higher level study so if you don't have GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths you'll have the opportunity to gain those qualifications.

Enterprise is a major factor in the course, offering students the opportunity to form themselves into production companies to promote their work as well as pitching for work with outside clients.

What can I do next?

The 90 credit Diploma is a one year course.  Once completed, you can opt to progress onto to the Extended Diploma (two years) or alternative courses.

You then have the opportunity to enter higher education or start your career in the TV and Film industry or related creative industries.


What are the entry requirements?

You will need 4 Grade C GCSEs or the equivalent. e.g. BTEC First diploma at merit or above.

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Photography - BTEC 90 Credit Level 3 Diploma

Is this programmefor me?

If you're interested in photography or film then this course is made for you. This programme has a very creative and practical curriculum, with a focus on idea development through lens based media. The study programme also ensures you have English and Maths skills.

What will I study?

You'll learn photography and video production, using both traditional film based techniques and digital technology, as well as craft-based skills like silk screen printing. These skills will give you the potential for developing exciting enterprise initiatives, such as covering events from Fashion Shows to music events or creating posters or T-shirt design and printing on commission for external companies.

What can I do next?

The Photography Study Programme will enable to you progress into further education or employment in areas such as media or fine art.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have 5 GCSE grades A-C, or equivalent, such as BTEC level 2 Diploma at Merit or above in an Arts subject. At a taster day we would also like to see a creative portfolio of work and assess your skill level.

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Visual Communication - BTEC 90 Credit Diploma

What will I study?
Through a number of assessed projects, you will develop and extend your knowledge of industry standard applications such as the Adobe Creative suite and Maya. The course consolidates knowledge and understanding through units that are designed to raise your awareness of contemporary media theories, current industry practice and digital content design. The course is made up of specialist units that enable you to study particular areas in depth. They include:
Designing Idents for Television
2D Animation Production
Digital Graphics
Web Design
Web Animation
Motion Graphics and Compositing Video
3D Animation
Range of Units covered:
Visual Recording in Art and Design
Materials, Techniques, and Processes in Art and Design
Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
Communication Through Art and Design
3D Animation
2D Animation Production
Interactive Media Design
Digital Video Production for Interactive Media
Web Animation for Interactive Media
Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design
Design Methods in Art and Design
Personal and Professional Development in Art and Design
Computers in Art and Design
The course includes compulsory Skills for Life subjects of Mathematics and English, alongside Enterprise and Work Experience skills to give all learners the day-to-day skills to be successful in their chosen specialist area.  Enterprise and Work Experience activities cover a range of professional skills for example live briefs such as working with real clients and being involved in professional exhibitions.
What can I do next?
Some students may enter the creative industries directly at a junior level though most students will progress to Higher Education to pursue careers as professional practitioners.You can apply for Level 3/4 Digital Arts Foundation Diploma here at LeSoCo College. This can also lead to employment in the digital media industry.
What are the entry requirements?
You will need 5 GCSEs at A to C or equivalent e.g. BTEC Diploma/s Level 2 at Merit or above and a strong portfolio of creative work - showing ideas development, drawing and recording skills.
How will I be assessed?
You will be internally and externally assessed through assignments set and marked by your lecturers. These assignments may be set assignments, projects or case study work and evidence may be in the form of any of the following:
Written reports
Creative products
Projects & project plans
Performance-observation records
Practical assessments
Audio-visual recordings
Sketchbook, a digital diary etc
PresentationsIs this

 

Is this course for me?

The course is designed to enable students to pursue a career in the Digital creative industries by developing the skills needed to succeed in a competitive industry. You will have the opportunity to explore a range of digital based art and design disciplines. The aim of this course is to develop student's skills and knowledge base in the field of Digital media and design. By completing units covering a variety of subject specialisms, students will not only explore their own creative identity but also construct a strong professional portfolio.


What will I study?


Through a number of assessed projects, you will develop and extend your knowledge of industry standard applications such as the Adobe Creative suite and Maya. The course consolidates knowledge and understanding through units that are designed to raise your awareness of contemporary media theories, current industry practice and digital content design. The course is made up of specialist units that enable you to study particular areas in depth. They include: 

  • Designing Idents for Television
  • 2D Animation Production
  • Digital Graphics
  • Web Design
  • Web Animation
  • Motion Graphics and Compositing Video
  • 3D Animation

Range of Units covered:

  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques, and Processes in Art and Design
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • Communication Through Art and Design
  • 3D Animation
  • 2D Animation Production
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Digital Video Production for Interactive Media
  • Web Animation for Interactive Media
  • Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design
  • Design Methods in Art and Design
  • Personal and Professional Development in Art and Design
  • Computers in Art and Design

The course includes compulsory Skills for Life subjects of Mathematics and English, alongside Enterprise and Work Experience skills to give all learners the day-to-day skills to be successful in their chosen specialist area.  Enterprise and Work Experience activities cover a range of professional skills for example live briefs such as working with real clients and being involved in professional exhibitions.

What can I do next?

Some students may enter the creative industries directly at a junior level though most students will progress to Higher Education to pursue careers as professional practitioners.You can apply for Level 3/4 Digital Arts Foundation Diploma here at Lewisham Southwark College. This can also lead to employment in the digital media industry.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need 5 GCSEs at A to C or equivalent e.g. BTEC Diploma/s Level 2 at Merit or above and a strong portfolio of creative work - showing ideas development, drawing and recording skills.


How will I be assessed?

You will be internally and externally assessed through assignments set and marked by your lecturers. These assignments may be set assignments, projects or case study work and evidence may be in the form of any of the following:

  • Written reports
  • Creative products
  • Projects & project plans
  • Performance-observation records
  • Practical assessments
  • Audio-visual recordings
  • Sketchbook, a digital diary etc
  • Presentations

 

Add to online application